Ireland's Arctic Siege

Ireland's Arctic Siege

The Big Freeze of 1947

Book - 2011
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On 19 January 1947 Ireland was invaded by a "freakish" anticyclonic weather phenomenon that lasted for two months. The arctic siege brought freezing temperatures of -14#65533; Centigrade (7#65533;F), a piercing east wind reaching 60-70 m.p.h., five major blizzards, and snowdrifts of 12 to 20 feet--some topping 50. Cars, buses, houses and entire villages were buried, roads were blocked, telephone and electricity lines felled and towns and farms isolated as food and fuel dwindled.

Tragically this happened amidst the worst fuel crisis in Ireland's history. People were forced to strip wood from their homes, and nearly half of all Dubliners were burning furniture to survive. By 19 February 1947 Dublin's death rate had more than doubled as the poor and elderly succumbed to hunger, cold and illness.

Kevin C. Kearns presents a graphic account of what was regarded as a near-biblical calamity of blizzards, freezing, hunger, floods and threatened famine. This is a vivid tale of suffering and courage, death and survival, of human resilience and real heroism, poignantly authenticated by the oral testimony of those who lived through the arctic siege.

Publisher: Dublin, Ireland : Gill & Macmillan, ©2011
ISBN: 9780717148639
0717148637
9780717154487
0717154483
Branch Call Number: 941.50822 K247i
Characteristics: 383 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Big freeze of 1947

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